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iPad App Review: Pirate Treasure Hunt

iPad App Review: Pirate Treasure Hunt

Welcome to the first in a series of blog posts in which I will be reviewing some of the most popular educational iPad apps available on the Apple App Store.

Today I have been trying out Pirate Treasure Hunt: 8 Challenges. Pirate Treasure Hunt is a fantastic application that combines a variety of mini-games with different educational themes, from spelling words using coconuts to weighing out gun powder. Each mini-game that the child completes, progresses them through the game to help Pirate Jack find his treasure. Using this app to support a specific lesson or learning objective is difficult due to the variety of mini games but it is a perfect application for use in an independent learning exercise, especially if you are teaching through a Pirate theme.

Key learning objectives

  • Students analyse problems by using a range of strategies, including interpreting clues, intuition, and trial and error.
  • Students solve problems by using literacy and numeracy skills.

Educational value

  • Provides opportunities for students to solve problems using their literacy and numeracy skills within the context of a pirate treasure map.
  • Encourages the use of trial and error to discover the correct sequence of problem solving.
  • Includes a variety of problem types which focus on, for example, spelling, shapes, visual cues, word knowledge, addition of numbers and time.

Pros

  • FREE to download.
  • Well designed and built with fun animations and informative narration.
  • A well defined game objective with key milestones, for instance – you cannot explore the dark cave until you have found a lantern.
  • Very responsive user interface with no visible bugs.

Cons

  • Limited replay value as there is only one mini-game per zone on the map and they all have preset objectives. (the letters on the coconuts are the same every time)
  • Reports in the App Store that the app crashes in certain places although i was unable to reproduce these errors so chances are that they have fixed it.

Conclusion


A fun app that has room for improvement but as it is a completely FREE app with no required in-app purchases it is definitely worth downloading.

Click Here to download this app from the App Store now.

Author: Jay

Hi! - My name is Jay and I am responsible for all of the website development for Teacher's Pet. In the coming weeks, months and hopefully years I will be posting with news from the Teacher's Pet HQ including giving you a sneak peek at upcoming projects and anything that's under development!

3 Comments to “iPad App Review: Pirate Treasure Hunt”
  1. Hi there, great idea! I’ve just taken on an iPad into my year 6 class and although I’m finding loads of other uses rather than just for apps, it’s good to use the odd one now and again. Will be getting this one for my 6 year old. Have a look at Brain Pop, Squeebles and Math Bongo. Keep up the great work! David x

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